Mikel Arteta frustrated by Arsenal’s inability to take the next step | Arsenal

In the context of Mikel Arteta’s extended answers, it was annoying to hear him stop abruptly. revealed. The Arsenal boss was trying to make sense of Thursday night’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester United, a game his side had dominated at various points, when he was asked if his top players should give him more.

“Certainly the balance we need is correct,” Arteta began. “The big players have to lead and the young players have to follow their lead.” Nod and stare steely.

The idea that Arsenal would lose sounded strange after the first 15 minutes when he took the lead with a strange Emile Smith Rowe goal – who scored while United goalkeeper David de Gea was injured. United’s start was riddled with errors, their nerves frayed, and Fred in particular was a danger to his side.

The feeling would be similar after Martin Odegaard’s 2-2 goal in the 54th minute, which was a strong reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo’s concession shortly before then. “We were in our best moments then,” Arteta said. “We had complete control and dominance. That’s when you have to give the next step and go and win.”

Instead, Arsenal shot in the foot, and Adegaard guilty of a foolish challenge on Fred which allowed Ronaldo to score the winning goal from the penalty spot.

At 1-0, Arsenal began to treat the ball like hot coals, losing it under little pressure and inviting United to generate momentum, which culminated in Bruno Fernandes’ goal in the 44th minute from a Fred pass.

Even when the score was 3-2, Arsenal had the chance to equalize without giving any impression that they would take one and it would certainly add to their biggest defeat of the season.

For Arteta, the overall picture remains positive. Back to Lowest – The period before the last day of boxing, when the club was five points away from 10 matches in the Premier League. Since then, they’ve played 38 games in the competition – the equivalent of an entire season – and have earned 70 points. It is the shape of the first four.

But the next move Arteta mentions often eluded them, especially in high-profile games away from home. There were breakthroughs last season, notably the 1-0 win at Old Trafford in November and another 1-0 success over Chelsea in recent weeks. United’s result was United’s first away win in the league over their so-called Big Six since January 2015 when they beat Manchester City 2-0 with goals from Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud.

After the hits at City and Liverpool this season, Arteta wanted a solid result at United; To show his players that they will not collapse under pressure. It didn’t and it was hard not to confuse the shortcomings across the field with the collective lack of experience. The average age of the Arteta squad was a shade over 24 years old.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has failed to score his four Premier League goals this season in a poor showing against Manchester United.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has failed to score his four Premier League goals this season in a poor showing against Manchester United. Photo: Olly Scarf/AFP/Getty Images

Who are the top players and where were they? The captains, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 32, and Thomas Partey, 28 – were backed by Mohamed Elneny, 29, who had launched in his first league game of the season. Arteta remembered how well Elnei did in the opposite game last season and credited his expertise to the smooth style of 22-year-old Albert Sambi Lukonga.

Nobody really expected Elneny to dominate midfield, especially since he’s had so little football lately, but to offer Barty to his side was a real disappointment. Barty was at times loose and unable to assert himself.

Which brings us to Aubameyang, who has scored four goals in the league this season and is clearly struggling. There was an early moment when Victor Lindelof closed in to help Arsenal win the ball in a good area, hinting at him leading the team. It was a solitary event, the evening of which was marked by a strange squalor with its ending; Lack of strength and conviction. He failed to beat De Gea in a one-on-one match in the 78th minute, although the offside flag would spare him embarrassment. Yet it was reflective of his low confidence.

Arteta isn’t blessed with many other top players, such as Alexandre Lacazette, 30, and Granit Xhaka, 29, the only ones he apparently counts on. This means the journey will inevitably take nights like Thursday, when the focus is on the faults at both ends and the gaps in the middle. Don’t make them any less frustrating.

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